Slovenia says EU should accept the whole Western Balkans

Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar told EURACTIV at the start of his country's presidency that the EU needs to move “as soon as possible” from a wait-and-see approach to a problem-solving strategy in dealing with enlargement and the Western Balkans. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has said the EU is not complete without enlargement to include the whole of the Western Balkans and it should speed up the accession process.

Pahor’s comments came as he attended a European Summit on Tuesday in Prague. Similar statements were voiced by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa in Ljubljana in early July, with the backing of the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers.

Czech PM Andrej Babis then said he cannot understand why countries like Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania were not made part of the Schengen Area.

Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek recently told Czech News Agency (CTK) that progress in the accession negotiations with the Western Balkans countries will be one of the main priorities of the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2022.

Kulhanek said he would consider it a success if an indicative date of the EU accession of Serbia and Montenegro would be announced.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar told EURACTIV at the start of his country’s presidency that the EU needs to move “as soon as possible” from a wait-and-see approach to a problem-solving strategy in dealing with enlargement and the Western Balkans.

Slovenia is set to organise an informal Western Balkans summit with EU and regional leaders in October.

(Aneta Zachova, EURACTIV.cz)

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